"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

- John F. Kennedy

Democrat Looks To New Leadership On Environmental Quality Issues

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrat Looks To New Leadership On Environmental Quality Issues

 

Salt Lake City- In the wake of the announcement that Amanda Smith, the current head of the Department of Environmental Quality, will be stepping down, Democratic Representative Patrice Arent issued the following statement:

 

“We have enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Amanda and appreciate her many years of dedicated service to the state, and the time she spent providing information on complex environmental  issues. We look forward to the new director’s willingness to join forces with legislators and advocates to create and implement plans that genuinely improve our environment. We hope that the next department director will have a firm understanding of the importance of improving air quality, preserving water quality and managing hazardous waste in our state, and will continue to strive with us to solve these vital issues.”

 

 

###

Read More

Inaugural “Start By Believing” Day TODAY

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Inaugural “Start By Believing” Day TODAY

 

Salt Lake City- The inaugural “Start By Believing” Day in Utah will be today, Wednesday April 1st. Legislation sponsored by Representative Angela Romero designated the state as an active participant in the public awareness campaign aimed at improving responses by family, friends, and the community as a whole to victims of sexual assault.

 

Representative Romero said, “Utah has a sexual assault rate higher than the national average, and a report rate lower than the national average. This is a problem. Sexual assault effects more than just the victim, it affects the entire community. If we start by believing when a friend or family comes to us with this news, we can improve the chances of ending sexual assault in our state and providing a healing hand to those around us struggling with the fallout from this difficult crime. Every victim of every crime should be treated with the same dignity and respect, not questioned.”

 

Start By Believing Day will take place on the first Wednesday of every April in Utah. You can find more information on the nationwide movement at http://startbybelieving.org/ .

 

###

Read More

Democrats Call For End To Healthy Utah Debate

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: March 31, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrats Call For End To Healthy Utah Debate

 

Salt Lake City- Poll results released yesterday by Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy show Utahns overwhelmingly support Healthy Utah (82%) over Utah Cares (18%). House Democratic Leader Brian King called for an end to the legislative debate attempting to create a compromise between the two plans.

 

Representative King said, “The numbers are clear as day – Utahns want Healthy Utah. This ongoing discussion being had privately by Republican elected officials makes me wonder who they are trying to represent. The job of the legislature is to represent the people of Utah, creating good public policy that lifts Utahns, that helps them be successful. On the issue of Medicaid expansion, we are wasting tax payer dollars, wasting time, all while individuals who really need the added help are sick and dying.

 

“My caucus has heard the people. We’ve listened as story after story has been told of how access to healthcare builds families, individuals, and our state economy. The blatant refusal to execute the will of the people on this issue shows how out of touch some elected officials are. No more compromise. We need a special session, and we need to pass Healthy Utah.”

 

The results of the BYU poll show only 12% opposition to the Governor’s plan, with overwhelming 71% support for it. Utah Cares, the alternative plan proposed by Representative Dunnigan, only garnered 24% support, with 43% of the state opposed and 33% neither supporting nor opposing. The total results can be found at http://utahvoterpoll.org/documents/2015%20March%20UVP%20Topline.pdf .

 

###

Read More

Democrats Stand Their Ground on Healthy Utah

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrats Stand Their Ground on Healthy Utah

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck spoke on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus about the recent announcement of a potential special legislative session to address a Healthy Utah compromise between House and Senate GOP leadership.

 

Representative Chavez-Houck said, “It is really disappointing to me that this potential compromise was not prioritized by our colleagues across the aisle. To wait and research for three years, then kick the can down the road another four months in hopes of some new revelatory information is cruel to the people who need this help now. There are people in our state who cannot wait until July for this help. There are families working themselves to the bone, having to decide between needed doctors visits or groceries. No one deserves that instability. No one deserves to live with that fear.

 

We will continue to work with our colleagues to do what is right for Utah. We hope that this time in special session will be solely dedicated to the best interests of the people of our state.”

 

###

Read More

Democratic Leader Concerned About Religious Liberties Exemptions

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release:  March 10, 2015
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator
                         Utah House Democratic Caucus
                         801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov
Democratic Leader Concerned About Religious Liberties Exemptions
Salt Lake City- House Democratic Leader Brian King voiced serious concerns with SB 297, Protections for Religious Expression and Belief About Marriage, Family, Or Sexuality. The bill was heard and passed out of House Judiciary Committee today with many Representatives equally hesitant to cast a favorable vote.
Representative King stated, “Religious expression is critically important to the people of this state, no matter what community they belong to. Utahns should retain the right to believe or not believe whatever they choose. But when people are acting in the capacity of a public official, such as county clerks, in all but the most extreme situations, their obligation to discharge their duties in their public official capacity trumps any personal religious objection they may have.  This language of this bill gives me pause because I believe it can be read as giving the right to one or more individuals in a county clerk’s office to allow their personal religious beliefs trump their obligation to faithfully and conscientiously carry out their duties as public officials. Indeed, that reading of the bill is one of the selling points for this legislation by some of those supporting this bill. That reading of the bill language sends a message of exclusion to individuals or groups that are entitled to equal protection under the law.
Notwithstanding this, I represent the people of Utah. My hesitancy to fully embrace this bill is overtaken by my understanding of the effort that went into the compromise provided in this and other legislation, and by the overwhelming support of people across the state.”
###​

 

Read More

Democratic Representative Applauds Codified Equality

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: March 11, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democratic Representative Applauds Codified Equality

 

Salt Lake City- House Democratic Representative Sandra Hollins applauded the passing of SB 296, Antidiscrimination and Religious Freedom Amendments. In her remarks, she reflected on the suffering that can be alleviated when isolation ends and equality becomes the norm.

 

Representative Hollins said, “I’ve heard people say this is not a civil rights issue. Civil rights is a fight for equality, political and social freedom. It is about individuals coming together to change the future for better. This is something I feel, and something my district feels. The pain that people are forced to live through when discrimination is legal is real and traumatizing. Families are turned out of their own homes, fired from their jobs, all because of who they love. I love my family, and I love Utah. I am grateful to stand in support of all the individuals who know what it is like to not be treated fairly, and who, today, have a little bit more hope in their home state.”

 

###

Read More

Utah 2015 Legislative Bingo

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015

bingo1-page-0

Click the link for the pdf: bingo1

Read More